KUNICHIKA (1835-1900)

Bando Hikosaburo V as Nikki Danjo
Signed: Kunichika hitsu
Play: Meiboku Sendai Hagi
Publisher: Gusokuya Kahei
Block Cutter: Ota Hori Ta
1869 7th Month

Very good impression and colors. Trimming at bottom, a pinhole, some thinning and a few spots.

One of Kunichika's best actor portraits. The patterning on the border is the koraibishi pattern which was usually associated with the actor Matsumoto Koshiro (1764-1838), the actor most associated with this famous Kabuki role of the magician, Nikki Danjo. Hikosaburo V (1832-77) became the "heir apparent" of this great role associated with Koshiro.

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